An STL file stores information about 3D models. It is commonly used for printing 3D objects. The STL format approximates 3D surfaces of a solid model with oriented triangles (facets) of different size and shape (aspect ratio) in order to achieve a representation suitable for viewing or reproduction using digital fabrication. This format describes only the surface geometry of a three-dimensional object without any representation of color, texture, or other common model attributes. These files are usually generated as an end product of a 3D modeling or spatial capture process. The purpose of this primer is to guide a data curator through the curation process for STL files.
This work was created as part of the Data Curation Network “Specialized Data Curation” Workshop #2 held at Johns Hopkins University April 17-18, 2019.
Institute of Museum and Library Services RE-85-18-0040-18.
Blackwood, Elizabeth; Joubert, Doug; Sobczak, James.
STL Data Curation Primer.
Data Curation Network.
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